Call for papers – 4th Biennial Conference for Arabic Teaching & Learning in Higher Education

We are pleased to announce that call for papers for the 4th Biennial Conference for Arabic Teaching & Learning in Higher Education is now open.  The conference’s theme is “Linguistic Diversity & Translanguaging in Arabic Language Teaching”.  The event will be held at the University of Cambridge on Thursday 18 April 2024.

We are inviting the submission of evidence-based abstracts for papers, panels and workshops relating to the conference theme, but not limited to the following sub-themes:

Perceptions of Translanguaging: 

This may include papers on learners’ and teachers’ perceptions of translanguaging and linguistic diversity in Arabic language programmes. This could also include ways to inform sociolinguistic awareness, as well as approaches to decolonisation, and the place of translanguaging and linguistic diversity in teachers’ training.

The varieties we teach:

This may include papers on the rationale behind the choices of Arabic varieties taught, learners’ linguistic backgrounds and needs, as well as the analysis of the linguistic affinity and distance between the Arabic varieties taught, and those used as the medium of instruction.

Pedagogical approaches:

This may include research findings and sharing of good practice on how we approach translanguaging and linguistic diversity in curriculum design, lesson planning and teaching resources.

Approaches to assessment:

This may include discussions on how translanguaging and linguistic diversity can be assessed.


Time frame:

  • Papers: 20 minutes
  • Workshops: 40 minutes
  • Panels: 50 minutes


Abstract Submission

Please submit your abstract (250 words maximum) by 14 July 2023 using this form.


Abstract Rating
The review of abstracts will be anonymously conducted by the scientific committee based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance to the conference themes
  • Clarity of content
  • Originality
  • The likelihood of attendees’ interest in the topic
  • Evidence (this could be through learners’ feedback and proficiency progress, research findings, academic reference or other scholarly arguments that support the topic)

We also encourage abstracts for work-in-progress from colleagues seeking feedback. This should clearly be stated in the abstract.


Key Dates

  • Abstract submission deadline: 14July 2023
  • Notification of acceptance: Monday 16 October 2023
  • Registration opens: Tuesday 17 October 2023
  • Registration deadline: 28 March 2024


You can find instructions for abstracts submission through this form.

Should you have any further question, please contact us on . In the meantime, we look forward to receiving your proposals and welcoming you in April 2024.


There will be a conference fee of £35.00 per delegate.

Organising Committee

Farida El Keiy and Saussan Khalil (University of Cambridge)
Advisory Committee
Mark Critchley (Durham University)
Amira Mills (King’s College London)
Rasha Soliman (University of Leeds)

Scientific Committee